What if you could focus AFTER you shoot?

This is ludicrously cool: researchers at Stanford have developed a camera that lets you focus after you shoot

It's certainly a research idea at this point: from what I understand, the result is a relatively low-resolution image.  But what a disruptive and intriguing idea!  You're effectively trading off megapixels against multiple focus depths, which you could select from - or combine digitally - after the shot.

What else could we use all these megapixels for?  Could you adjust aperture (and therefore generate different depth-of-field effects) after the shot as well?

Comments (1)

  1. tzagotta says:

    Pretty interesting. Gets you thinking about what the future of digital photography looks like. Seems like we can expect more in the future than just higher megapixel specifications and bigger memories.

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